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New VW Taigo coming to South Africa – What to expect

VW has confirmed that the Taigo SUV will go on sale in South Africa towards the end of 2021.

However, not much information about its local specifications has been released.

VW has said the small SUV it is based on the South American-only Nivus SUV, and comes with the MIB3 infotainment system and provides 438 litres of cargo space.

To get a better picture of what we can expect the Taigo to offer when it reaches South Africa, we looked at the markets where it has been launched.

Expected features

Thanks to the MIB3 infotainment system, the new Taigo is confirmed to have an all-digital cockpit with touch-sensitive buttons, an 8-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 6.5-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.

Apart from this, VW has not said exactly which interior features the Taigo will have in South Africa.

In the UK, the entry-level Taigo receives the all-digital interior, along with fabric seats, manual air conditioning, electric windows, and electrically-adjustable wing mirrors.

A Taigo Life trim then adds features like a multifunction steering wheel and 16-inch alloy wheels in the UK.

The range-topping Style and R-Line specifications offer fully-upgraded infotainment systems, automatic LED lights, integrated navigation, and a range of new styling packages.

Few of these features are confirmed for the Taigo in South Africa, but VW said it will receive the air conditioning system that is fitted in the new Tiguan, as well as all-round LED lights.

On the safety side, every Taigo in Europe brings automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning capabilities that are accessed through an around-view monitor, said VW.

The Taigo also appears to be fitted with parking sensors when looking at the provided photos.

The Brazilian Nivus – on which the Taigo is based – has emergency braking, too, alongside a fatigue detector, hill hold assist, and a reverse camera with rear parking sensors across the range.


The Taigo in the UK is sold with two engine options that generate three different outputs – depending on the specification.

A 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, petrol engine generates 70kW or 81kW, depending on the model.

A 1.5-litre, four-cylinder, petrol motor is also available, and generates 110kW. This allows the Taigo to reach a top speed of 212km/h.

Gear changes in the Taigo are facilitated by either a five-speed or six-speed manual transmission, or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

It is interesting to note that the VW T-Cross SUV currently available in South Africa generates these outputs exactly.

This compact SUV is able to sprint to 100km/h in 10.8 seconds, 10.2 seconds, and 8.5 seconds – depending on which trim line and engine option you select.

It is a rather safe assumption that the Taigo in South Africa will closely match these figures, as those in the UK boast higher top speeds than the local T-Cross with the same outputs.


No pricing figures for the VW Taigo have been confirmed for South Africa or the UK.

At the time of writing, UK car sites were predicting the Taigo to start at just over £20,000.

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